Electricity is the most important discovery of all time. Imagine our lives now without the convenience brought by this power generating system. It's like going back to the Stone Age when everything was pitch black at night and every simple task was done manually. But as in everything, electricity, a great invention it may be - comes with some price. It can kill anyone who is not careful in handling it.
Know the safety measures that you should keep in mind when around electricity. Read on.
- Make sure you are dry when handling electrical gadgets. For example, if you are going to pull or touch electrical sockets and cords wipe your hands very well and keep your feet dry.
- Ground your electrical wirings. To prevent electrocution, many electrical appliances come with grounding wires that you need to bury underground or connect to some attachments in the house that is buried in the ground, such a faucet. Read the instruction manuals before you do the grounding.
- Hire a licensed electrician to install your wirings at home. See to it that the electrical wires to be installed have the right size and can accommodate the power requirements in your daily household operation.
- Repair hanging wires and exposed cords, or replace them when necessary. These wires are sources of electrocution and at the same time make your house prone to fire. Have an electrical tape available all the time so you can readily fix these problems immediately.
- Dry up very well after coming out of the shower before turning off the water heater or blow dryer. This should cause concern to everybody. Very often, people are in a hurry to get out of the shower room especially when they are running late for work. Many electrocution accidents happen just after one gets out of the shower. They hurry up and without thinking, they unplug the heater, blow dryer or shaver in haste. This is one sure way of getting electrical shock as your whole body is still wet and you know that the best conductor of electricity is water.
- Conduct a periodic check up of your electrical installations. Invite a professional electrician if necessary. Inspect all sockets, lighting fixtures, circuit breakers and extension cords. Discard badly worn out electrical items.
- Repair electrical appliances immediately when there is some problem with the way it works. Also look out for rusting parts, such as on the body case of refrigerators or air conditioners. There had been news of accidents where a person with wet feet unknowingly touched a rusting door of a fridge and got electrocuted to death.
- Turn off the circuit breakers at once if you smell something burning and yet no one in the house and the vicinity is smoking or cooking. Inspect the whole house before turning the power back on.
- When an appliance is overheating, turn it off. If a plug is hot, remove it from the socket.
- Have an efficient and updated fire extinguishing unit handy all the time. Place it in a strategic place in the house from where you can just grab it in case of fires caused by short circuits, over heating and the like.
There is nothing wrong if you adopt safety measures all the time to avoid accidents with electricity. Never mind if other people will brand you as too meticulous and obsessive. As they say, it is better to be safe than sorry.